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Do I Really Need Surgery For My Spine?

When people are officially diagnosed with a spinal injury, their immediate thoughts turn to surgery. In the past, this was the only option. If you injured your spine in some way, it had to be operated on in order to help your pain levels. This is no longer the case. There are many other regenerative options out there that don’t involve surgery. Many of these regenerative options are designed for people with minor or moderate spinal problems – not severe ones.

What’s The Difference?

What it comes down to is, as we explained above, the extent of your spinal issues. If you have severe problems, then yes, surgery is your best bet, because it can prevent further injury, and in many cases, help you walk appropriately and even hold yourself up. However, if you only have a mild to moderate issue, such as a compressed disc, or occasional pressure on one of the nerves that run through that area, then surgery is not needed. You have other options, such as regenerative treatments or even physical therapy in order to strengthen that area.

Why Are These Mild to Moderate Spinal Issues Not Treated With Surgery?

Surgery on the spinal cord is very serious. There are a number of things that can go wrong, which is why it’s now saved as the last possible option. If none of these other treatments work – or the damage is too severe – then surgery is scheduled. Many mild or even moderate spinal problems can be successfully treated in a number of other ways, which is why experts go to them first. 

How Can I Tell How Bad My Spinal Injury Is?

Although many spinal issues share the same symptoms, such as pain that runs down the legs (from pressure on the nerves in the back), to an aching pain that makes everyday life a little more miserable, most mild to moderate issues tend to go away and come back. You might feel great for weeks at a time, then step wrong or twist the wrong way, and the pain, pressure, and numbness come back. After some rest and the completion of certain exercises, the pain will go away. This is how you can tell that you might be a candidate for these regenerative treatments.  Severe spinal problems, on the other hand, won’t stop and start like this. They tend to stick around, and you might even have more severe symptoms, such as a lack of control of your bowel movements. Imaging, such as MRIs and x-rays, will also show the extent of the injury. 

Regenerative Options 

If you have a mild or moderate spinal injury, then you’re more than likely a candidate for regenerative options. These are less invasive than the treatments for severe issues, and they have a high rate of success. They are a great alternative to surgery, and many will prevent your spinal issues from getting worse. Thanks to these technological advances, spinal surgery is no longer the only option. 

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